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Published by Candlewick Press on March 14th 2017
Genres: Europe, Historical, Romance, Royalty, Young Adult Fiction
In the vibrant, volatile court of Henry VIII, can even the most willful young woman direct her own fate and follow her heart in a world ruled by powerful men? Clever, headstrong Elizabeth Rose Camperdowne knows her duty. As the sole heiress to an old but impoverished noble family, Eliza must marry a man of wealth and title — it’s the only fate for a girl of her standing. But when a surprising turn of events lands her in the royal court as a maid of honor to Anne of Cleves, Eliza is drawn into the dizzying, dangerous orbit of Henry the Eighth and struggles to distinguish friend from foe. Is her glamorous flirt of a cousin, Katherine Howard, an ally in this deceptive place, or is she Eliza’s worst enemy? And then there’s Ned Barsby, the king’s handsome page, who is entirely unsuitable for Eliza but impossible to ignore. British historian Lucy Worsley provides a vivid, romantic glimpse of the treachery, tragedy, and thrills of life in the Tudor court.
Elizabeth Camperdowne couldn’t wait to leave her bland, old home and become a grand lady with an equally grand husband. But as far as hopes and dreams are concerned, Elizabeth finds that the matters of the heart and the whims of royalty aren’t what she wanted or expected it to be. She witnesses the rise and fall of not one but two queens, one considerable lucky and the other executed before her very eyes. Duty is a troublesome weight.
I love anything related the Tudors and the Tudor court. There’s so much drama and heartbreak that it makes for an interesting tale no matter how it’s told or from what perspective. I actually have not read too many books about Katherine Howard or at least books which have a bigger focus on her, so that also caught my attention. I’m torn about how I feel about Katherine, but I loved Elizabeth and admired most of her choices. The ending was not quite what I was expecting, however, I liked it because often times Tudor books don’t have a happy ending. I feel like Elizabeth deserved an ending like that (though I’d imagine there would be some consequences). Overall, Maid at the King’s Court is a fun and fast paced book.